Discovery of the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctica Peninsula

9 to 29 November 2023

20 days / 19 nights – from £ 12,450 per person

Expedition cruise in Antarctica

Give yourself the best chances to admire the pristine and frozen landscapes of Antarctica and to observe its unique wildlife, by joining this cruise at the beginning of the season.

The highlights of this trip are the following:

– navigate in the southernmost waters of the planet to discover places as wild and mythical as the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, plus see huge icebergs, when few other ships are on site and you can immerse yourself at leisure in the dramatic atmosphere of Antarctica

– appreciate the diversity of this cruise and, subject to weather conditions, its superb opportunities to observe seven different species of penguins, albatrosses, elephant seals, etc.

– take advantage of the limited size of the icebreaker, which allows you to enter fjords which few boats can access, thus increasing your chances of observing the fauna of the 6th continent

– enjoy excursions in Zodiacs, which permit you close encounters with the fauna and walks on the tundra

– have the satisfaction of a cruise whose carbon emissions are 100% offset

– relax thanks to the comfort of the ship and the hospitality of an expert crew accustomed to sailing in these regions.

An exceptional experience of immersion in the beauty of Antarctica, that is only possible during a few months each year!

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrival at Ushuaia, the town at the “End of the World” that is the starting point of this adventure.

Night at Albatros Hotel. Bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Tierra del Fuego, embarkment on Ocean Nova and Beagle Canal

The morning is devoted to a visit to the southernmost national park in the world – Tierra del Fuego. Exploration of this park filled with spectacular landscapes of forests and mountains.

Lunch (free) and, in the afternoon, embarkation on the expedition ship Ocean Nova and navigation along the Beagle Canal, which sometimes allows you to observe Magellanic penguins swimming in the canal.

Night on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 3: At Sea

Day of navigation east, towards the Falklands. The boat is regularly followed by a group of sea birds such as petrels, fulmars and albatrosses.

Whales and dolphins can also be seen in the surrounding waters, and the polar experts accompanying the expedition begin their conference program today.

Night on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 4: West Falklands

The objective of this day is to explore the western islands of the Falkland archipelago, which are isolated and windswept but are home to many seabirds and migratory birds, including the famous Black-browed Albatross.

Night on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 5: East Falklands

After a short sailing night, this day is dedicated to cultural aspects with a visit to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Walking through the charming streets with small houses, it is possible to discover how this calm port today was a major port in the 19th century for ships trying to circumvent the waters of Cape Horn.

Visit the famous Stanley Philatelic Museum with its impressive collection of historical stamps.

Night on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 6 and day 7: At Sea

Navigation towards the south-east, in the direction of South Georgia. Anticipation develops when crossing the Antarctic convergence with the noticeable drop in temperature. On-board presentations continue, highlighting the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Whales, seals and swimming and diving penguins can be spotted.

Nights on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Days 8 to 11: South Georgia

Majestic mountains, mighty glaciers and beaches filled with King penguins welcome the ship to the island of South Georgia, which is the point of exploration for these four days of the cruise.

Indeed, the arrival at the beginning of summer allows us to take advantage of this exceptional environment when there are few ships nearby, and the summits of spectacular mountain ranges are still snow-capped.

The days are devoted to wildlife and landscapes, and include a visit to Shackleton’s grave at Grytviken, once an active whaling station, which now houses a charming little museum.

Nights on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Days 12 to 14: At Sea

Navigation to the south and the most distant continent in the world – Antarctica – faithfully accompanied by numerous sea birds.

Polar experts continue to embellish the heroic story cruise of some of the first adventurers to explore Antarctica. Gradually, the first icebergs appear on the horizon.

Nights on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Days 15 to 18: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

As this is a true Antarctic expedition cruise, the exact itinerary for these days is subject to weather and ice conditions.

Here are examples of places that can be visited:

Elephant Island

South Shetlands

Antarctic Peninsula

Nights on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 19 and day 20: Drake’s Passage

Departure from the magical place that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Crossing of Drake’s Passage, with time to share and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the past few days.

As the ship approaches the South American continent, whales, dolphins and seals can be observed.

Celebration of the end of the Antarctic expedition with a farewell dinner on board.

Nights on board the Ocean Nova. Full board and activities included.

Day 21: Arrival at Ushuaia

Disembark at Ushuaia early in the morning and stroll around town while waiting for your return flight or to your next destination.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Indicative price:

For a trip of 21 days / 20 nights:

. from £ 12,450 / person on the basis of 3 participants sharing one triple room in Ushuaia and a triple cabin with bunkbeds on board Ocean Nova.

. from £ 15,130 / person on the basis of 2 participants sharing one twin room in Ushuaia and a twin cabin with bunkbeds on board Ocean Nova.

. from £ 16,650 / person on the basis of 2 participants sharing one twin room in Ushuaia and a twin cabin with twin beds on board Ocean Nova.

Subject to availability at the time of booking. The final budget will be communicated after establishing a personalised quotation that will depend on the exchange rates at the time.

GBP/USD exchange rate used for this brochure is 1.25.

 

Notice:

The exact route of the Ocean Nova will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Antarctica has to offer. Our partner and the expedition crew and leader always strive to maximise the experience. Please remember that flexibility is important to a successful expedition.

Price inclusive of:

– Transfers as a group between the hotel in Ushuaia and the ship.

– 1 night in Ushuaia at the Albatros Hotel (3***/4**** or equivalent), in a room with ensuite bathroom and toilets. Room with breakfast.

– 19 nights cruising onboard the ice-strengthened expedition ship Ocean Nova, in a cabin with en-suite shower room, full board.

– All the activities on board Ocean Nova, including zodiac excursions, tundra walks, natural history conferences, etc.

– The compensation of 100% of the carbon emissions of this cruise

 

Notice:

The exact route of the Ocean Nova will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites Antarctica has to offer. Our partner and the expedition crew and leader always strive to maximise the experience. Please remember that flexibility is important to a successful expedition.

Price exclusive of:

– International flights to Ushuaia and return

– Travel or Insurances (cancellation, repatriation, luggage, other risks and any additional insurance)

– Meals indicated as “free” or not indicated and drinks other than the ones mentioned in this brochure

– Any extras of personal nature, tips, laundry and drinks not mentioned in the program, etc.

Stay in Buenos Aires, etc: please consult us.

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